Fire burning near homes serves as reminder to be careful in foothills

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Homeowners stood by anxiously as crews fought a grass fire in the Boise foothills Saturday afternoon. The blaze lit up the hillside at 32nd Street and Hill Road, right across the road from a neighborhood.

Firefighters were able to put the five acre fire out quickly. No houses were harmed. But people who live nearby say they were worried that with one wrong blow of the wind, their homes could be ruined.

"It makes anybody nervous. I don't care who you are," said Leroy Gall, who lives on Hill Road.

Firefighters warn that in order to ease those worries, people have to do their part in preventing fires as the weather heats up again.

"The fuels outside in the foothills and the vegetation are extremely dry, so any fire that starts is going to have a good opportunity to get a run on it, particularly if there's some wind," said Boise Fire Department Batallion Chief Steve Rasulo. "We're looking at 100 plus degree weather again coming up this week, so we just want people to be cautious when they're outdoors, particularly up in the foothills in their activities, to try to minimize those."